Kratom is a tropical evergreen tree that belongs to the coffee family and is indigenous to Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and several other South Asian countries. From the 19th century, people have used Kratom in traditional medicine and boasts some stimulant and opioid-like properties, which has made it a good treatment for relieving chronic pain, boosting energy levels and even for helping in the opioid withdrawal process. There are a variety of ways that this herbal remedy can be consumed, but one of the most effective and common method is by drinking Kratom tea. The other available methods include paste, capsules and pills.
However, the tea can offer a world of benefits as compared to the other forms of Kratom out there and this has contributed to its uniqueness and popularity. People in Southeast Asia consumed Kratom first by chewing its leaves, but it is not an option for everyone. Tea, on the other hand, is quite easy for anyone to prepare and can provide lots of good results. There are a variety of recipes available for making the tea and they can make it very enjoyable as the taste of the leaves itself is very bitter.
When compared with powder and other methods, Kratom tea tends to have some different kinds of effects. It provides a more stimulating experience, but the pain-relieving effects are somewhat reduced. It has also been reported by many that due to the rapid digestion and absorption of the herb, the euphoric and mood-boosting effects are heightened, particularly if you drink it on an empty stomach. However, drinking Kratom in tea form is not recommended to those who wish to use it as a sedative, but it is ideal for those who wish to enjoy its mood-enhancing and increased energy effects.
You will start to notice the results after one hour of drinking the tea due to quicker digestion. The method of preparing it is different in every country, but the few basic guidelines remain the same to ensure the alkaloid content is not lost in the making. Kratom leaves or powder should be mixed with simmering water and left at a stable temperature. If you are using powder to make the tea, it should not be steeped for more than 10 to 15 minutes. If you can no longer see the powder on top of the water, steeping time is over. But, if dried leaves are being used, you need to steep it for about 30 to 40 minutes to get the best results.
Separating the leaves or powder from the liquid is fairly easy. You can use traditional straining techniques in the case of leaves. As for powder, you allow the tea to cool and it will naturally sink to the bottom after which you can just pour the tea from the top. Initially, the taste of Kratom tea can be intimidating as it has a potent and earthy taste like oolong. It seems bitter, but you will get used to it over time, especially if you wish to enjoy the benefits.